Project 180 will utilize apprenticeships and a business training school model which has successfully assisted thousands of former offenders in California reenter the community for over forty years. Project 180 residents will have the opportunity to learn job, business and communication skills and how to act in a business environment as they work in paid apprenticeships at a construction company or local organic farm.
Our future residents will be carefully selected male offenders who have stated and/or demonstrated a commitment to turning their lives around. Project 180 serves all of Florida but, for our Residential Program, preference will be given to prisoners returning to the counties we serve: Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Hardee and DeSoto Counties.
Our Residential Program will be multi-ethnic with a high proportion of racial and ethnic minorities. We will exclude sex offenders, individuals who have committed a crime against or involving a child, individuals with a record of arson, or anyone with a mental health disorder other than depression and/or anxiety. We serve women in our prison programs but will not initially include women in our Residential Program.
Prisoners who apply for residency will be heavily screened by a Project 180 team consisting of the Director and former offenders with input by the Office of the State Attorney.